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Boston Engineering to Advance US Air Force UAV Motor Control Capabilities

By Juliet Van Wagenen | August 31, 2015
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A US Air Force "Reaper" drone takes off at Creech Air Force base in June 2014
A US Air Force "Reaper" drone takes off at Creech Air Force base in June 2014. Photo: US Air Force/Senior Master Sgt. Cecilio Ricardo

[Avionics Today 08-31-2015] Boston Engineering has won a $150,000 contract from the U.S. Air Force to enhance its Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) capabilities and reduce drone noise. Specifically, Boston Engineering will demonstrate an embedded motor control platform to accelerate U.S. Air Force UAV research and development initiatives.

Embedded motor controllers underpin critical UAV operations including drone propulsion and sensors for applications including surveillance. Boston Engineering received the Phase I award from the U.S. Air Force's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program.

"We are providing the U.S. Air Force with a sophisticated motor control framework to accelerate next-generation UAV development without the need to have extensive embedded control systems experience," said Guy Fichera, director of the industrial and commercial division at Boston Engineering.

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